VIP Spa's treatments are all customizable, and none more so than its massages. Tailored to the client's aches and pains, the kneads come in a choice of three styles?gentle relaxation, deep tissue, and hot stone?and each can be further enhanced with an array of add-ons. Clients can opt for a scalp massage to temper tension above the neck, for instance, or a hand-and-foot scrub to free extremities from scaly skin or rust.
The spa team isn't just concerned with muscles, though. They also tend to visages, with facials geared towards brightening, calming, or firming complexions. And, patrons can even enhance their style in the on-site boutique, which is home to a colorful collection of purses and jewelry sets.
The beauty experts at Allure Laser & Day Spa rely on state-of-the-art aesthetic technology to help their clients look their best. Armed with Candela?s GentleLASE Plus laser, they zap away unwanted fuzz, reducing the need for razors, wax, and tiny lawn mowers. Microdermabrasion treatments paired with ExcellaWave ultrasound energy revitalize tired complexions, whereas SkinMedica peels fight wrinkles and encourage cell renewal.
The best way to learn a new skill is to do it. And at the Austin Institute for Massage & Spa Therapies, professional therapists—who work in the field every day—inspire students during the massage mastery program. Students explore massage techniques alongside lessons in anatomy as a part of an extensive, comprehensive curriculum that culminates in official licensing from the state of Texas.
The institute's director and co-founder, Raul Flores, has worked tirelessly in the field since 1991—in practice, consulting, and education. He and his team have created a spa-like atmosphere within a 3,500-square-foot space where students get hands-on experience in real-life scenarios, such as in one of nine massage rooms, near an aromatherapy bath, or in the drawing room with the candelabra.
Dr. Patrick Beckham has seen a great deal of advancement in plastic surgery during his 35 years of servicing patients in Austin and surrounding areas. First certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1972, Dr. Beckham is known as one of the first innovators in breast-implant technology and has kept up-to-date with the changes in surgery techniques. Aside from plastic surgeries, his other services have advanced as well—from invasive liposuction to noninvasive body-contouring treatments and a nonsurgical face-lift that reduces acne and leaves skin supple, like a pillow under a layer of whipped cream. The staff relieves pain and removes tension with timeless Swedish or deep-tissue massage as well as the touchless hydrotherapy massage, which uses rotating water jets along the body.
Aside from helping them relax or reducing pain, the folks at Elements Massage aim to educate their clients about all the benefits of regular massage. Those benefits can include releasing endorphins, addressing insomnia, and even helping clients cope with depression. Working closely with each client, the team tailors each session to respond to specific ailments, cherry-picking from a variety of techniques such as classic Swedish massage, which is ideal for relaxation, trigger point therapy, which focuses on localized knots, and sports massage, which can help bodies overcome injuries sustained on the field or under a limbo pole.